Xiaomi launched the first flash sale of its Redmi Note phablet in India earlier this week, and that went incredibly well. Since the Chinese company has gotten us used to selling only one model at a time, we weren’t expecting any other Xiaomi smartphone to become available for purchase soon.
But it looks like things have changed, as Xiaomi is now getting ready to sell the Redmi 1S once more in the subcontinent. The sale will happen on December 8, and another new thing is that you won’t have to pre-register in order to buy it.
With previous flash sales, you needed to do that a few days before the actual day when you ordered the device. Not this time, though. The Redmi 1S will be up for grabs for everyone, with no registrations. Of course, it will only be available “while stocks last”, and we have no indication of how many units Xiaomi has prepared.
The Redmi 1S will be offered on a Monday, unlike all of the company’s previous sales which have happened on Tuesdays. On the other hand, the following day, which is Tuesday, December 9, will see the next flash sale of the Redmi Note – which you have to pre-register for. So it seems to be a sort of special one-off thing, this December 8 sale of the Redmi 1S.
The handset in question comes with dual-SIM functionality, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, and 8GB of built-in storage. There’s also 1GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch 720p touchscreen, and a 2,000 mAh battery.
Display and configuration
The Xiaomi Redmi 1s flaunts a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. It runs Android 4.3, further enhanced by MIUI v5. Under the hood ticks a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC clocked at 1.6GHz, complemented by 1GB of RAM.
Camera and storage
The Xiaomi Redmi 1s is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera assisted by an LED flash for low-light photography. It also gets a 1.3MP camera at the front for video chatting and selfies. The handset holds 8GB of flash storage on board, out of which only 4.48 GB is available to users. You can expand the memory up to 32 GB using a micro SD card.
Connectivity and battery
Connectivity options in the Xiaomi Redmi 1s include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, GPS, USB, USB on-the-go etc. Responsible to keep the device fuelled is a 2,000 mAh battery, which is user replaceable.
Want to get a high-end smartphone, but low on budget, the Xiaomi Redmi 1s is your thing. The handset brings you the Snapdragon 400 SoC, HD display and an 8-megapixel camera in a price range reserved for entry level smartphones. If you can accumulate enough trust for this new Chinese entrant in the Indian marketplace, go for it.